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How to Find a Grave

Updated on March 7, 2022

Find a Grave--Family History

Have you forgotten where your grandparents are buried? Are you doing a genealogy search for your family tree? Maybe you are interested in famous graves located near where you live. Whatever your reasons, follow these tips to find a grave.

Find a Grave
Find a Grave

Find a Grave: Information

In order to locate people in cemeteries, you need the birth and death dates and an accurate spelling of their names. You can find these in census reports, if you don't know anywhere else to get them.

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This site is a free resource for finding the final resting place of family friends or famous people. It can be searched by family, cemeteries, location, or obituaries. A man named Jim Tipton created this website because he was interested in finding graves of famous people. Then the idea caught on and hundreds and thousands of people started contributing names and graves to this website.

Another way to use Findagrave is to create online memorials for your loved ones. Locate the cemetery your relatives are in and you can usually see a picture of the grave and add flowers.

Find a Grave

All of the United States cemeteries are listed alphabetically and can be searched by state and by name. This site gives tools to research Italian ancestry

This site also lists cemeteries in Canada and Australia. This website was started to help people all over the world find information about their family tree.

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This website is dedicated to genealogists and historians. Families use this online library to "locate burials of their family and friends, trace their family history, and learn something about cemeteries in general." This website started in 1997 as a directory of links to websites that publish cemetery records. Individuals started sending actual burial records to be published and eventually that is the direction this website took.

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